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What is a Thrusting Dildo? | How Thrusting Vibrators & Dildos Work

What is a Thrusting Dildo? | How Thrusting Vibrators & Dildos Work

Last Updated on April 5, 2021

Thrusting vibrators add a whole new dimension of pleasure to the typical female sex toy. If you enjoy lots of action, heavy duty movement and intense vibration then a deep thrusting vibrator will be your new favorite erotic accessory for powerful orgasms. Read on to discover your new favorite adult toy you never knew existed!

We think they are underrated, and so do most manufacturers. We've searched far and wide to find the best thrusting sex toys and it's a tricky search because there aren't even that many to begin with! It is a complicated sexual device and something that women don't always gravitate towards, but in this comprehensive guide we'll teach you what is a thrusting dildo, how does it work and how to use a thrusting dildo to maximize your personal pleasure.

The reality is that thrusting dildos and sex toys are a little too “out there” for most women. Sure ladies love a beaded jack rabbit vibrator, but the one with a shaft that thrusts up & down isn't always high on the priority list. On the other hand however, women who own a thrusting rabbit vibrator swear by it! It's a great choice for someone looking to leave their comfort zone and try something brand new, a total departure from the ordinary.

What is a Thrusting Vibrator?

It is an automatic thrusting sex toy designed to provide up & down movement inside the body. They come in a few different shapes including the regular realistic dildo, a feminine butterfly vibrator, a thin thrusting anal dildo or a typical beaded jack rabbit vibrator for the vagina, also known as the thrusting rabbit.

The hands free self thrusting sex toy is a modification of a current style of vibrator or dildo where the top third of the shaft has a sensation of movement. Most are visually obvious with an accordion to extend and retract, and others have a shaft with that moves by magnetic force inside a hollow interior that simulates thumping instead of the actual shaft extending and retracting.

They are normally battery operated, but we are noticing a surge in rechargeable thrusting vibrators, this is a hot trend in sex toy development as we are also seeing rechargeable vibrators in numerous other adult toy categories for both men and women. We also see a standard size for self thrusting sex toys, they are usually come in small-to-medium size shafts with a butterfly or a bunny as the standard external tickler.

What is a Thrusting Dildo?

The thrusting dildo lacks a clitoral stimulator and therefore, can be used by men too. We currently only have 1 style of thrusting dildo for sale that looks like a realistic penis, but in a semi transparent gray gel. This gives the item a more unisex appeal, some men purchase it to use as a hands free thrusting anal vibrator, but it can also be used by women who do not want a clitoral stimulator with their thrusting sex toy.

How Does a Thrusting Vibrator Work?

Vertical motor in a thrusting vibrator
Close up view of a vertical motor.

To fully explain how a self thrusting vibrator works, we need to put on our engineer hats and talk technical for a moment:

There is a vertical motor inside the shaft with a thrust bearing and a guide bearing. “The thrust bearing is usually at the top of the motor and may consist of one or more angular contact bearings or a spherical roller bearing. The upward and downward force of the applied axial load dictate the type and number of thrust bearings needed to obtain optimum performance and service life.”.

Yes, this is an overload of technical jargon for most of us non-engineers out there, but this style of sex toy is THAT complex! When you examine it closely, there are many moving parts working in symbiosis. Not only the vertical motor with the 2 coordinated bearings, but also a motor that twirls the head and spins a set of metal beads inside the shaft.

Once we fully comprehend the intricacies of this style of woman's sex toy, we have new found appreciation of the technology that goes into this unique orgasmic device. There is a lot of technology and development that goes into making these work.

We're not done yet either! All clitoral vibes for women have a third external motor that vibrates inside the clitoral stimulator, butterfly or bunny shape that extends from the middle of the shaft. The 3rd motor is where all the magic happens for her external sexual pleasure (read: clitoral orgasm).

In this case, the vertical motor with the bearing and the spinning beaded motor are controlled by one dial while the clitoral stimulator is controlled by a separate dial. This way the user can customize the level of power.

Fun fact: These are often some of the best really strong vibrators. Often they have multi function settings such as pulsing and thumping patterns in the rabbit stimulator. The spinning head usually only has a few speed settings.

Pro tip: If you turn down the motor of the external stimulator, more energy will flow to the vertical upwards & downward motor and increase the intensity and speed of the up & down motion.

How to Use a Thrusting Vibrator

If you're wondering how to use a deep thrusting dildo without the added clitoral stimulator, the steps are identical with the exception that you would omit the part regarding the stimulator, because as said above, the only difference between the dildo and vibe – the dildo lacks a clitoral stimulating appendage. Assuming however you bought a thrusting jack rabbit or butterfly vibrator, here are the steps to make it feel amazing:

  1. Insert the batteries making sure to note that direction of the polarities. Alternatively, plug the USB cord into your computer if you have a rechargeable vibrator.
  2. Lubricate the head and a couple of inches below the shaft with water based personal lubricant.
  3. Insert the shaft into your vagina.
  4. Position the clitoral stimulator rabbit or bunny over the clitoris. You can spread your labia and press the stimulator firmly against the clitoris directly, or let the stimulator lay over the clitoral hood for a lighter tickle.
  5. Activate the thrusting motor first, depending on how deep the shaft is inserted into your vagina, you can adjust how far in you'll hold the shaft to enjoy the movement at the right place. Some women prefer the movement to be shallow, others like it deep. Try both to see what you like best!
  6. Activate the clitoral stimulator and re-position if needed to adjust the depth of the up & down motion.
  7. Turn up the motors all the way to the strongest setting, or select a vibrating pattern that appeals to your desires.
  8. Lay back and enjoy!

What Does a Thrusting Dildo Feel Like?

First impressions may indicate the up and down movement of the shaft is supposed to imitate the motions of sexual intercourse. After using and reviewing all these toys before crafting this article, I came to the realization that they do not imitate the feel of sexual intercourse.

Why not? The automatic up & down movement does feel “deep” and that hands free aspect is a nice touch for my fantasy, but it's important to note that the entire shaft does not move. Only the top third portion of the shaft thrusts up and down automatically.

Thrusting vibrator with 3 motors

So in the end, it does not completely replicate the realistic feel of sex, but the movement inside PLUS the heavily ribbed feeling of the accordion style extension piece in the shaft is highly erotic. Another feature that feels amazing in bed is the spinning and rotating metal beads. I would always prefer a beaded thrusting rabbit vibrator over any other style of thruster dildo because these combine all my favorite features of a regular jack rabbit and amplify it.

Think of it like a sex toy on steroids, it's jacked up and ready to please! The spinning beads are always located in the section that moves up & down. The beads that twirl in a circular motion in rhythm with the up & down motion offers a unique internal massage. You literally cannot get this sensation from any other sex toy for women.

In conclusion, this is a perfect choice for someone who already has a good size stash of vibrators and is looking for something new to shake it up a bit. Totally a worthwhile addition, the beaded thrusting vibrator is a good choice to alternate with your regular dildo or rabbit sex toy.

Those were the pros, these are the cons:

Now that I've listed many pros, I have to treat it with an unbiased opinion and let you know some cons. The most notable disadvantage of the automatic thrusting vibrator machine is that they are noisy. I compared the decibel readings in the article that discusses silent vibrators, and noted that a thruster shaft is much nosier because there are 3 motors whereas most vibrating sex toys have a maximum of 2 motors.

It's a simple and reasonable conclusion to state that 3 motors are noisier than 2 motors! The vertical mechanism tends to be the nosiest. There is a metal axis implanted in the center that has a lever which moves the thrusting head vibrator up and down over this axis. It takes quite a bit of energy to get the head moving, so as a result, it makes a fair amount of noise.

With that said however, it's also important to note that while the motor is operating this movement inside tour vagina, it sounds quieter from the outside. Don't be afraid when you load the batteries and pump up the power for the first time. Yes, it's loud but once you inset the dildo shaft into your body, it reduces the sound level several decibels.

Another con is the unreliability of the motors. I'm not saying they are poorly made though; these are quality toys, but if you review my technical engineering jargon above, you'll understand how complex these things really are! As a result, the defective rate is higher than that of a normal vibrating adult toy for women with only a single motor. This should not be a deal breaker however as we offer a full product warranty and will replace yours if it breaks within 30 days of ownership.

On the other hand, some of the best rechargeable vibrators thrust up and down. Because the technology of USB charging is so new, we find by experience that these are more reliable than their battery operated counterparts.



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Mayla Green

Mayla Green has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2004. Working behind the motto “Sex TOYS should be FUN”, Mayla provides unique tips & advice amassed from over a decade of hands on experience with adult products. She also coaches clients how to fully enjoy sexual pleasure and can be seen in major publications & magazines online.

Happily married since 2009, she knows firsthand how the sex life eventually becomes repetitive (which truthfully means boring), so if you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, Mayla's your gal! Her literary pride & joy is covering topics for established couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Not in a relationship? Her other focus is teaching women how to properly handle the “little person in the canoe” to experience the best orgasms ever, no partner required! Her creative and innovative tips, techniques and advice is on par with a certified sex therapist or Sexologist, but with an extra advantage from her knowledge of the adult toy business.

View all articles published by Mayla Green exclusively for The Adult Toy Shop sex blog. Mayla Green's Linkedin profile highlights her professional background, experience and training.

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